Taking a short break from one another can be beneficial for all family members.
Take a break:
Our centre-based Respite is short-term accommodation away from home offering fun activities and support. Carers and families have the opportunity to take a break with the reassurance of knowing their family member is being supported in an enjoyable and safe environment.
We design our short-term accommodation services to make the client feel as comfortable and settled as possible. A stay can be as short as one day. Stays of two nights to one week help everyone become familiar with the service. Longer stays can be negotiated for circumstances such as a family holiday or carer illness.
See also Transition to Independent Living
Where is it available?
We offer short-term pre-planned and emergency accommodation at four centres across Tasmania:
- Burnie: Adult Respite
- Launceston: Adult Respite
- Latrobe: Children’s Respite
- Hobart: Youth and Adult Respite
In home respite can also be arranged across Tasmania.
How do I (or my family member) access this service?
NDIS participants with this service in their Participant Plan can contact Possability to discuss options.
People not yet eligible for the NDIS need to contact the Gateway Service on 1800 171 233.
Possability also offers services to clients funded by other means or who are self-funded.
How much does it cost to access Respite Services?
Centre-based respite is generally funded through the Department of Health and Human Services or the NDIS. There may be activity costs involved with your family member’s stay, though every effort is made to keep these costs to a minimum to ensure accessibility for everyone.
How long can my family member stay each visit?
Stays usually vary between one night for short breaks and up to four weeks for family holidays. The length of stay is dependent on the booking request and negotiation with the respite coordinator. Early bookings are advised as availability can vary.
How many nights can we have per year?
The number of nights is dependent on your level of need, but you should be aware that if you are in receipt of Centrelink benefits for your family member, they are only permitted to access respite services for a maximum of 63 days per calendar year.
What if my family member doesn’t get along with other respite clients?
We organise bookings that match clients with similar interests and support needs and encourage the development of friendships.
Call us for a chat
If you have a Participant Plan or just need some advice, call us for a chat. We’re here to listen and talk about your goals and aspirations.
Freecall: 1300 067 842 or lodge an online enquiry.